Hopefully, Oscar is ready for Seth MacFarlane, because MacFarlane sounds ready for him.
The “Family Guy” creator and “Ted” director and co-writer will live the dream of many a film fan by serving as host of this year's Oscars, as ABC airs the Motion Picture Academy's 85th ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Sunday from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Since being named by first-time Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“Smash”) as a surprise choice for the job, MacFarlane has become an Oscar nominee as well: He's up for writing the lyrics to the “Ted” song “Everybody Needs a Best Friend.”
“In general, we're trying to make this a more ubiquitous Oscars,” MacFarlane says. “I think that a lot of times, there's pressure to keep everything about the movies that are nominated that year. While that is a big part of this, we're also trying to find ways to broaden it a little bit.”
To that end, a salute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise is planned. Music superstar Adele will give her first live rendering of the latest 007 adventure's “Skyfall,” another nominee for best song.
Also scheduled is a tribute to movie musicals of recent vintage, including Oscar's best picture of 2002, “Chicago,” of which Meron and Zadan were executive producers. And Barbra Streisand will offer her first Oscar performance since her tune “Evergreen” (from “A Star Is Born”) won in 1977.